McCarren: Comments like Marshall's don't 'do a lot in grand scheme of things'
Chicago Bears receiver Brandon Marshall brought a Christmas tree to the podium Wednesday to address the media. Image by Tyler Dunne
GREEN BAY - Perhaps the bulletin-board material that Chicago Bears wide receiver Brandon Marshall offered up on Wednesday could be seen as a source of extra motivation for the Green Bay Packers when the two teams meet on Sunday.
But Newsradio 620 WTMJ Packers Radio Network Color Commentator and TODAY'S TMJ4/NBC26 Reporter Larry McCarren, a former Packer, doesn't think it will be a main factor in what will motivate the Packers.
"I don't think (Marshall's comments) really do a lot in the grand scheme of things," said McCarren on 620WTMJ's "Wisconsin's Morning News."
"These big broad-stroked thoughts...why he would? I don't know."
McCarren says that such words may get players angrier, but that doesn't necessarily mean that anger produces performance on the field.
"It's hard to stay angry that long. The game isn't about anger. It's about execution."
McCarren also believes that perhaps someone in the Bears' locker room may be privately telling Marshall not to light such a fire.
"There are people in the Bears' locker room saying, 'Brandon, we don't need this," said McCarren. " 'Shut up.' "
He also notes that the Packers organization doesn't usually deliver such bulletin-board material.
"The Packers, if they were serious about this, they wouldn't say that. That's not the Packers way. Why throw fuel on anybody's fire, if talk would do it? They're not going to do that."